“Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts the famous impressionist Monet at his painting easel painting in his garden in Argenteuil. From 1871 to 1878, Claude Monet lived at Argenteuil, a village on the right bank of the Seine river near Paris, and a popular Sunday-outing destination for Parisians, where he painted some of his best-known works.
The two friends Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painted their first Impressionist paintings together at La Grenouillère in 1869 when they were both impoverished artists. This painting of Monet by Renior was rendered four years later as they continued to struggle for recognition.
One year after this painting, their fortunes reached a turning-point as the two friends came together with others for the first Impressionist Exhibition in Paris.
The first Impressionist exhibition was held in 1874. The primary purpose of the participants was not so much to promote a new style but to free themselves from the constraints of the Salon de Paris. The exhibition allowed artists to show their work without the interference of a jury.
Renoir chaired the hanging committee and did most of the work himself, as other members failed to present themselves. In addition to “Impression, Sunrise,” Monet, presented four oil paintings and seven pastels. Renoir exhibited six oils and one pastel. Altogether, 165 works were shown in the exhibition by artists that included Morisot, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Cézanne, and Guillaumin.
Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting “Impression, Sunrise,” which was exhibited in 1874. Monet adopted a method of art in which he painted the same scene many times to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. Monet is known for having produced a series of paintings, in which all the versions consist of the same subject and perspective. Examples include his famous series of “Haystacks” and “Water Lilies” paintings.
From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where at his home, he developed a garden landscape that included the lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, firstly with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings, with the water lilies as the main feature. This series occupied him for the last 20 years of his life.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir, was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty and especially feminine sensuality, Renoir’s paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with their surroundings.
He was a prolific artist who created several thousand paintings. The single most extensive collection of his works, about 181 pictures, is part of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil
- Title: Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil
- Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Year: 1873
- Medium: Oil on Canvas
- Dimensions: Height: 46 cm (18.1″); Width: 60 cm (23.6″)
- Museum: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
- Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Born: 1841 – Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France
- Died: 1919 (aged 78) – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
- Nationality: French
- Movement: Impressionism
- Notable Works:
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
– Claude Monet
Photo Credit: 1)Pierre-Auguste Renoir / Public domain